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Rafale jet fighter to come into India's inventory by September 2019: Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa

File photo of the Rafale fighter Jet. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 04, 2019, 01.00 PM (IST)

India will induct French-made Rafale combat jet in September, the chief of the Indian air force BS Dhanoa said on Monday.

India has ordered 36 planes from Dassault Aviation as part of a modernisation programme of the air force which is phasing out its Soviet-era planes.

The Indian Air Force is in a dire need to replace its old and obsolete fighter jets which have resulted in inflicting many casualties to fighter pilots during training sorties.

Replying about the IAF's airstrike in Pakistan Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa said that "the target has been clearly amplified by FS in his statement. If we plan to hit the target, we hit the target, otherwise, why would he (Pakistan PM) have responded, if we dropped bombs in the jungles why would he respond."

(With inputs from Reuters and ANI)